Dr. Joe M. Regenstein

joe_regensteinDr. Joe M. Regenstein is a professor of Food Science at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Ithaca, New York. He has been at Cornell for over 30 years.

In addition he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell’s Veterinary College. Professor Regenstein also heads Cornell’s Kosher and Halal Food Initiative, which serves the needs of the kosher and, more recently, halal food industry.

He is a visiting professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an adjunct Professor of Food Science at Kansas State University, where he teaches a distance learning course on kosher and halal food regulations.

As part of his work with religious communities he has served as a reviewer of the American Meat Institute’s Animal Handling Guidelines written by Dr. Temple Grandin on the animal welfare technical committee of the Food Marketing Institute and National Council of Chain Restaurants and was on the scientific committee of Humane Farm Animal Care.

In addition, Professor Regenstein is on the technical committee of IFANCA, the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, the largest halal certification agency in North America. He works with many other kosher and halal certification agencies both in the U.S. and abroad.

He lectures widely on both religious and ethnic foods, and on animal welfare. Recently he was asked to be the keynote speaker at a Muslim-sponsored halal slaughter conference in the United Kingdom. He has also written about animal welfare and kosher/halal slaughter issues, including an article with Dr. Temple Grandin, which can be found on Dr. Grandin’s website.

Dr. Regenstein is the recipient of a number of awards for humanitarian and multicultural activities, and was also the Institute of Food Technologists’ first Congressional Science Fellow, which gave him an opportunity to spend a year in the U.S. Senate.